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The Birds and Beasts of Shakespeare. Text by Arthur F. Kinney. Illustrated with Woodengravings by Alan James Robinson
Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press. 1990. One of 100 copies, in full morocco with an additional suite of the woodengravings in custom-made portfolio, each engraving in the additional suite is signed and numbered by the artist, Alan James Robinson, who has hand-numbered the colophon as well. In addition, this copy has one original watercolor by the artist, this of the weasel (on green grassy mound against yellow sky) and a fully executed drawing of the crocodile. The total issue of this book was 155, all on printed on Cheloniidae rag handmade paper, the first to carry the press's own watermark. Page size: 10 3/8 inches x 15 7/8 inches - the size of the first folio edition , 92pp. Bound by Claudia Cohen and Sara Creighton: full caramel morocco with title in gilt on front panel, five raised bands on spine, marbled endsheets by Faith Harrison. Separate cloth chemise for extra suite and drawing all housed with book in morocco and cloth clamshell box with title in gilt on spine. Illustrated with 54 woodengravings depicting the birds and beasts found in Shakespeare's plays and poems, plus two portraits of the Bard: one etching and one woodengraving and one etching by Alan James Robinson. This book uses Shakespeare's original texts addressing the natural history, folklore, and mythology of the birds and beasts in his plays. The commentary was written by Arthur F. Kinney, Thomas W. Copeland Professor Literary History at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The text was set at M & H Type Foundry in San Francisco and printed letterpress by Harold McGrath in black within a caramel-colored rule with caramel ink used for Shakespeare's own words on each page. Published on the tenth anniversary of the press, this is a worthy monument.
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